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Ex-regional motoring editor dies aged 74

A regional journalist who carried on working well into his retirement has died at the age of 74.

Former supplements editor Malcolm Robertshaw bade his first farewell to the Huddersfield Daily Examiner in 2007 after more than 20 years’ service to the paper.

But to Malcolm, the home-town newspaper of three-times Prime Minister Harold Wilson was “a way of life” – and he went straight back as motoring correspondent until November of last year.

He started out in newspapers as a printer in Halifax before moving into journalism. Malcolm joined the Examiner in 1984 as a sub-editor, taking on responsibility for the television, property and motoring pages.

As part of his job he wrote for Driving Force, Trinity Mirror’s pool of motoring journalists, with a group-wide role which saw his articles appearing in newspapers across the country.

He told HTFP in 2007, after his official retirement, that his motoring journalist duties had enabled him to test drive more than 1,000 new cars.

“To me, working in newspapers isn’t just a job. It’s a way of life,” he said at the time.

Malcolm, who died last Wednesday, leaves second wife Anita, two children, three stepchildren and 13 grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, August 18 at St Paul’s Church, King Cross, Halifax, at 1pm.